This ancient city was probably a key hub between 1550 BC and 1350 BC.

An ancient Iraqi city, estimated to be nearly 3,400 years old, has been discovered in the Kurdistan region of Kemune in the country. The reason for its sudden discovery is actually a drought that depleted water levels in Iraq’s largest reservoir.

The settlement, thought to date from the Bronze Age, was discovered after a certain area of ​​the Tigris River dried up, allowing the city to be hollowed out before the dam filled up again. The team of German and Kurdish archaeologists said this ancient city was likely a key hub during the reign of the Mittani Empire from 1550 BC to 1350 BC.

The archeology team is from the University of Freiburg in Germany and in her statement to the press, Dr Ivana Puljiz said: “Since the city was located directly on the Tigris, it may have played an important role in connecting the central region of the Mittani Empire, which was located in present-day northeastern Syria and in the eastern outskirts of the empire.

However, the excavation was timed due to rising reservoir water levels. In its press release, the university said: “To prevent further damage to the important site from rising waters, the excavated buildings were completely covered with tight-fitting plastic sheeting and covered with gravel as part of an extensive conservation project funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. This is intended to protect the raw clay walls and any other finds still hidden in the ruins during times of flooding. The site is once again completely submerged.